Holidays for the Hurting: A Devotion to Help You Heal

In our household, the first Sunday of Advent marks the official start of our count-down to Christmas. So yesterday we lit the first of the four Advent candles at church and put up the first of our decorations at home. Today I usher in this Advent and Christmas season with an excerpt from Holidays for … Continue reading Holidays for the Hurting: A Devotion to Help You Heal

How to Celebrate Advent like Mary, the Mother of Jesus

To celebrate Jesus' coming, Mary did not light Advent candles or put up a Christmas tree. Not that there's anything wrong with these things. At church, we're counting the four weeks before Christmas by lighting a candle on the Advent wreath each Sunday. We already have a brightly lit Christmas tree at the front of … Continue reading How to Celebrate Advent like Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Why I’m Happy to Have a Little Lent in My Advent This Year

In these days of Advent when most everyone I know is thinking about Christmas, this year I have Lent on my mind. In part, it's because Advent and Lent have a lot in common. Just as the weeks of Advent prepare us for Christmas, so the weeks of Lent prepare us for Easter. Historically, both … Continue reading Why I’m Happy to Have a Little Lent in My Advent This Year

What (Not) To Do When You See An Angel

When I shared this sermon title with a few people last week, some just laughed. Some probably thought it irrelevant, because after all who among us has ever seen an angel? And yet I’ve heard some fantastic stories. Like the doctor who was called out in the middle of the night by a young girl … Continue reading What (Not) To Do When You See An Angel